2013 Total Driver Performance - Post Spain

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It's back and better than ever. Stats have been collected and TDP is back and running. For those who did not see TDP last season here's a brief overview: We created a formula that weighs the driver's actual performance by combining average qualifying position, average race finishing position and average points per race. Because some drivers are hurt by their car's performance or another driver, we do not count the race finishes where they are 1) hurt by a mechanical failure, 2) taken out by another driver or 3) race ruined by his pit crew. Pretty much if it isn't their fault, it does not count against them. This gives us a fairly clear picture of what drivers are performing best on the season (the points don't always tell us the whole picture), even if their equipment is not up to snuff compared to their rivals. Example: Fernando Alonso 2012 - he had a dog of a car, but overcame it and, according to our TDP, had the best season, even though Vettel again won the title. So here's where we are after 5 races this season.

Not surprising, Kimi Raikkonen, is currently ranked #1 in our TDP rankings. His consistency to move up
through the grid into high points scoring positions and stay out of trouble is second to none so far this season. The biggest surprise, to me anyways, is Paul di Resta, who many thought this was a do or die season for the former DTM champ. In the Ferrari garage, Fernando Alonso may be leading in points over teammate Felipe Massa, but his DNF in Malaysia after running into the back of Vettel is really hurting him. However I do not expect that to last for much longer and we'll see Alonso jumping near the top as the season goes on. Lewis Hamilton is really getting hurt by the Mercedes race performance because his average qualifying position is 2.8 (best in F1), but average race finish at 5.6. The -2.8 average positions lost is not helping his cause. Stats.JPGTDP.JPG
It's a nice idea. But it really doesn't take into account the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different cars on the grid. For example the Ferrari's weaker qualifying and very strong race pace gives the Scuderia men an advantage over the Mercedes pair who have the best car over a single lap yet have a race car that is on par with the lower midfield.
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